Match Report

Match Info

Date: 16/10/1998
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

Home Team

Wood; Hawkins, Lynch, McGuinness; Croly, Gormley, Russell, Osam, Campbell; Molloy, Gilzean. Subs: Long for Campbell (67 mins); Reilly for Gilzean (85 mins).

Away Team

Boswell; Callaghan, Hare, Sheridan, Hutchinson; Jones, Hertherston, Ogden, Rowlands; Shannon, Flannery. Sub: Hallows for Shannon (73 mins.).

Officials

Referee: P McKeon(Dublin).

Goal Scorers

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

St Patrick's Athletic 4 - Sligo Rovers 1

Rampant Pat's pull Rovers apart at the seams (The Mirror)
Stadium of De-Light (The Star)
Gormley wonder goal (The Irish Sun)
Saints late late blitz sends Sligo reeling (The Irish Independent)
Pat's keep pressure on with emphatic win (The Examiner)
Saints pop Sligo's cork (The Evening Herald)
St Patrick's turn on the style (The Irish Times)

Take your pick of any of these headlines from the newspaper reports on this game to give you some indication of the top class display that the large crowd at Richmond Park witnessed as a rampant Supersaints buried Sligo Rovers with three goals in the last ten minutes to set up an intriguing tie at home to leaders Cork City on Friday next.

Such is the demand for tickets for next week's game that the ticket office is advising supporters to purchase their tickets well in advance of the crunch tie.

It was the home side who exerted all of the initial pressure without finding the net in the first half. Centre half Colin Hawkins was superb from set pieces and had two chances to put Pats in the lead. Trevor Molloy and Martin Russell both also went close.

Trevor Wood kept the Saints level at half time with some point blank saves from an impressive Sean Flannery.

But after the break it was all change with captain Eddie Gormley, having an outstanding game in midfield, sending a free kick over from the right of the box to Trevor Molloy who cut inside only to see his shot saved by Rovers' 'keeper Matt Boswell.

But top scorer Ian Gilzean was on hand to finish from close range to the delight of the Shed end fanatics. But Sligo pressed forward and a superb diving header from Flannery after 73 minutes drew them level and Wood had to be on his guard to keep Pats from going behind.

But FAI Player of the Year Hawkins let fly from 20 yards just three minutes later giving Boswell no chance and thus started a display of sheer skill not seen at the venue for some time.

Pats surged forward and Eddie Gormley scored with a goal to rival Ian Gilzean's in Derry at the start of the season.

Gormley lobbed the Sligo 'keeper from just inside the Sligo half and sent the home fans into raptures.

Sub Martin Reilly completed a great night for Supersaints with a pin point header from a Trevor Croly cross on the stroke of full time and the stage is now set for the big clash of the top two next week at the Stadium of Light.